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. what will the u.s. do in those countries, if anything? plus, does the united states have a responsibility to intervene in the humanitarian crisis that was this woman trashing a liquor store when she did not receive prompt attention from a clerk? we'll discuss. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> american military officials are claiming initial success in isolating moammar gadhafi's regime, after a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according tocy officials, coalition strikes have crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no fly zone is in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, at least not now. one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's compound in tripoli last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown, but he has vowed to fight a quote long, drawn-out war with western forces. >>> meanwhile, the pentagon says there is so far no evidence that civilians in libya have been harmed in the conflict, although it w
the u.s. will play the on going mission in libya. the president will give the address at national defense university. he's expected to assure americans that he can deliver on his vow that the u.s. will be a partner in the action and not in the driver's seat. head of the speech, secretary of state hillary clinton and defense secretary robert gates made the rounds on the sunday talk shows speaking on "meet the press", secretary gates may have added to the confusion about the libyan objective saying u.s. involvement in the country is not a national interest to the united states. >> secretary gates, is libya in our vital interest as a country? >> no. i don't think it's vital interest for the united states. but we clearly have interests there. and it's a part of the region which is a vital interest for the united states. >> i think a lot of people hear that and say that is striking. not in our vital interest yet we're committing military resources. >> then it wouldn't be fair to what bob said. did libya attack us? no. they did not attack us. but they were doing and gadhafi's history an
? no. are we -- do we have u.s. troops on the ground in libya? no. you can call it -- it's been a false argument that some media outlets have tried to engage that -- about the in a moment clayture here. it is the use of military force in concert with our allies. >> again, that presidential finding that president obama signed a couple weeks ago does authorize the cia to provide arms and support, although they've not yet provided the arms. >>> on capitol hill the chairman of the house select intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers, argued for not arming the rebels. >> we don't want to arm the rebels until we know who they are. we know what they're against, moammar gadhafi. we don't know who they're for or what they're for. we've had good experience in our history where things have gone wrong. it's very, very, very important that we take lots of thought, and we have to have lots better intelligence on who they are in total before we would even consider arming the rebels. >> rogers is one of many lawmakers briefed on libya by secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secretary rob
equipment. some of their equipment dates back to world war ii. are you ruling out u.s. military hardware assistance? >> i'm not ruling it out. but i'm also not ruling it. in we're not taking anything off the table at this point. our primary military goal is to protect civilian populations and to set up the no-fly zone. our primary strategic goal is for gadhafi to step down so that the libyan people have an opportunity to live a decent life. >> not ruling it out but not ruling it in. obama also insisted that western air strikes until now have done a great deal to weaken gadhafi. >> our role is to provide support, intelligence, jamming capabilities, refueling capabilities, and so we have been able to spread the burdens of maintaining a no-fly zone and protecting civilian populations, and we can do that for quite some time. precisely because we built a strong coalition to make it happen. but gadhafi's been greatly weakened. he does not have control over most of libya at this point. so for us to continue to apply this pressure i think will allow us the space and the time to forge the kind of
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